Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump invites party leaders to 'border security' meeting

Trump invites party leaders to 'border security' meeting

"That's why we were elected and it's time we follow through", Meadows told the The Daily Caller News Foundation days before the partial government shutdown.

House Democrats have announced plans to pass a funding bill that will end the shutdown - but will not provide funding for President Donald Trump's border fencing/wall - immediately after being sworn in as the majority party on Thursday.

But the bill's future appeared uncertain.

The plan is unlikely to go anywhere unless Trump concedes he will not get his border wall imminently.

The Senate previously passed a bill to keep the government open without the president's wall funding, before Trump changed his mind and decided not to sign it.

A former Homeland Security secretary, Mr Kelly is well versed in the complexities of immigration and border security and his views seemingly contrast with Mr Trump's harsh rhetoric on migration.

He also reiterated his claim - so far unproven - that Mexico was paying for the border wall through the new trade deal struck between all three North American countries (Canada, Mexico and the United States). The stalemate has shuttered government offices, disrupted services and furloughed hundreds of thousands of federal employees.

Trump on Twitter criticized Democratic opposition to the wall project, which carries a total estimated price tag of US$23 billion. They'll reportedly hold the vote when the new lower chamber convenes Thursday.

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Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, tweeted that without funding for Trump's wall, the package is a "nonstarter". They hold the purse-strings of the USA federal government now.

The bills the Democrats will propose are expected to pass the House easily, given that Democrats will have a majority of 40 seats. No, we are not giving up.

Judging by Trump's remarks and some of his most recent tweets, it seems he's really trying to sell the idea that his border wall is tantamount to the historical significance of the invention of the wheel. The tweet comes after House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for the wall.

It would also include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing. Those texts did not reach the House.

"It would be the height of irresponsibility and political cynicism for Senate Republicans to now reject the same legislation they have already supported", the leaders said. Whether or not the GOP-led Senate will take up the legislation or if the president will sign them into law remains to be seen. And they have said they need barriers.

"A lot of people are looking to get their pay checks", the president said of government workers who will not be paid during the funding lapse, which began on December 22. The last time you shut it down, it didn't work. The package does not include the $5 billion Trump wants for the wall on the southern border. Republicans will control the Senate with 53 seats.

As the partial government shutdown continues into its second week, President Trump has invited a bipartisan group of top lawmakers to the White House for talks, two congressional sources say.

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